Pot Kettle Black - Yeastie Boys

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 153
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 7.01%
Wants: 12
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADZA on 03-02-2011

"Black IPA"
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Photo of crusian
2.12/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

bottle from a bottle shop in auckland.
pours a nice black darkness with a bit of head and some decent lacing...
Nose has a lot of smoke on it, and an odd vegetable smell. Hops are subdued, which may be the odd vegetable smell, more along the lines of a pea smell...
Taste is not so good, i am looking for a date on this bottle, and it is one of the few i have seen that does not have a best by date... seems old. Hops are not really there, though they dont really taste stale either.... just seems like they are missing. possibly some english style hops in there, but the American Black Ale is wrong. A bit of coal, and some smoke on the palate as well, but the main thing this is supposed to have, it is completely lacking.
mouthfeel is medium, well carbed, nice on all fronts but where it needs to be. Big failure, in my opinion. (832 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Barely an ounce of beer hits the glass and it's instantly full of foam. Uh oh. Had to pour it off over the sink, still got a relatively full 25cl glass.

The tan foam looks like a melted milkshake, and forms irregular craggy peaks above the rim of the glass. Color is a dark brown with some mahogany highlights in the light, displaying some clarity also. Super long lasting head, it has a creamy surface texture and maintains its irregular topography.

Aroma is mildly roasty, no off notes are perceptible, it's just relatively mild and certainly not at all hoppy. A little carob or cocoa nib comes through as it warms.

Taste is a letdown, ashy and astringent, overly foamy and then a little watery in feel.
Decent aftertaste of cocoa and ashy roast malt, but the initial impression is too jarring. It feels almost like club soda, and that ain't right. Some porterish notes linger behind, earthy roast and bitterness. Overall this seems as if a slight infection has taken hold over time, but no way to know how old it is without a date on it.

Thanks to Julie & Ryan for this one! (1,085 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown, near black body with a huge, slowly creeping, light beige head.

Smell: Faint roast, a little hint of green hops, but not much slipping out past this unyielding, headstrong head.

Taste: Dark, roasty maltiness with a sliver of chilled coffee and a faint dusting of cocoa. Modestly sweet. Lightly spiced. Hint of dark fruitiness, also some underlying earthiness. Touch of hops, bitterness. Sweetish and aggravatingly foamy on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. High, pesky carbonation.

Overall: I think Joaquin Phoenix said it best: It vexes me. I'm terribly vexed. (609 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.97/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Yeastie Boys has a certain ring to it that I can't resist. It must be the fact I used to listen to the Beastie Boys years back. I did not expect to find this when I was shopping at Palm springs Liquor in La Mesa, CA. So, from a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

There's a big billowy head sitting on top of this black beer. It does fade to a dark brownish color towards the smaller part of the chalice, so it's not black as black can be. Admirable head retention to this stuff, and it leaves glops of lacing around the glass. There's a little dose of roastiness, a touch of tangerine, and unfortunately some amount of a phenol problem (plastic band aids).

Damn you plastic band aids. You wreck what tastes like a good beer. A little chocolate brownie, a dose of sweet citrus, pine, lingering chocolate roast. Hmmm, even with an infection, this doesn't tastes horrible. Its medium body and smoothness seem to help too.

After smelling it, I though it would taste worse. Still, meh. Don't say you were warned American geeks. (1,023 characters)

Photo of kiya
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this part of my monthly beer club from Plumpjack SF.

Opening the bottle the brew bubbled up and out of the bottle. Pours a very dark chocolate brown with an extremely milk shake thick head. Head retention is extreme on this guy, even through the entire glass it still remained thick and heavy.

Smells of roasted walnuts with a strong campfire mustiness that becomes more pronounced as it comes up to room temp.

I'm expecting more than what i got from the flavors here considering the smell and look of the beer. There's a roasted malt flavor in the front mixed with a very smokey flavor creeping up. A sourness that seems like it doesn't really belong lingers even minutes after the last sip.

The brew stays heavily carbonated through the session to the point of almost being too bubbly.
A fine beer for it's style for me. (834 characters)

Photo of trappistlover
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(shared by friends who picked this up in New Zealand). Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is roasty, dark chocolate, and some dark pit fruit. Taste follow suit for the most part with the roasty bitterness noticeable follow by some sweet malts. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. Not bad, but hopped-up dark beers are generally not my thing. (368 characters)

Photo of danieelol
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with good head and lacing.

Nose is that of a high quality, rich stout. Toasted, roasted caramel and chocolate. Slight bit of hoppiness following through. Bit of soy and barleywine-malt, marshmallows. Almond nuttiness.

Taste is weak and kind of watery. Bit of bitter soot.

Mouthfeel is similarly thin and kind of lacking.

Overall an OK beer which kind of falls apart with wateriness and astringency when it gets to the taste buds. (445 characters)

Photo of JohnnyRay
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured with a dark brown body, and a hint of orange at the bottom of the glass. There was about one finger of light brown head with low retention. There was moderate lacing on the sides of the glass, with almost no carbonation.

There wasn't much smell - a bit of roast and hops.

I liked the taste of this beer, there was some malt and hops and a bit of coffee and chocolate flavour as well.

I feel like the bottle I drank had been sitting on the shelf for a while, but still overall a good beer. (507 characters)

Photo of consciouspilot
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yeastie Boys' own Pot Kettle Black was awarded Champion Beer at the 2012 Asia Beer Awards. Light & hoppy yet dark & malty, it's pretty well balanced. I can see this being a great introduction to darker beers for anyone who has yet to partake, but pass on this if you're a heady elitist. This beer may not be a loser, but it's definitely not a champion in my eyes. (366 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan head forms with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Kind of neutral in the nose. Some nondescript hops and nondescript malt. Kind of citrusy, kind of toasted. No real identity here.
T: Grassy, citrusy hops up front. Kind of a slick/oily hop flavor. Toasted malt, bread, light chocolate come in next. Nothing lingers though.
M/D: A medium body with good carbonation. Slick and oily, but not overly so. Easy enough to drink. I will finish the bottle without a problem.

Not bad at all. I am still not a big fan of this style. I don't think the hops and malt flavors mix well together, but for the style it fits t he bill. (698 characters)

Photo of cwguy5
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pretty darn dark, black as i can tell with maybe some deep brown highlights; sticky, foamy, smooth, cinnamon colored head that left lots of lacing

S - some rubber tire, raw nuts, cream, toast - unique...

T - roasted malt, nuts, then some bitterness that starts very mild and then increases a bit ending in a dry, moderately bitter aftertaste

M - very, creamy mouthfeel on a medium body; light, smooth carbonation not unlike nitro

O - different take on the style; not sure if the hops were faded or just very light to begin with but the flavors were actually pretty balaced; i enjoyed the nuttiness and creamy texture; the smell is weird though (652 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap at Sail and Anchor Fremantle.

A - Pours a dqark MAhogany colour with a decent Beige coloured head that retains well.

S - Some roasted malt a sweet molasses

T - Plenty of roastiness, caramel and a little expresso coffee. Not too many hops.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Not a bad drop but a little thin on the body. (340 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft offering served in a mug at the Trapp Door. I never had an offering from the Yeasty Boys before so I had to try this. It appears dark brown in color with ruby clarity through the body. A rich finger of khaki head sits atop and slowly fades leaving a wall of lace on the glassware.

The aroma is fruity with a mixture of alcohol esters and fruity to floral hop quality. A hint of licorice root and something almost like root beer fills the nose midway. Some roasty grain is the last scent noted.

The flavor is roasty with a solid inclusion of fruity and floral hops blending with fruity esters of alcohol. Like the nose suggested, a flavor of licorice and root beer is noted mid-palate which is a bit strange.

This is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation visually and a bit thinner in the feel. It is smooth, easy drinking and quite unique. I had no problems finishing my glass but style-wise it made me scratch my head. Think something along the lines of a weak porter blended with root beer. The hop additions seem to come all late in the process providing plenty of aroma and flavor but little bitterness. Strange but decent. (1,171 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass nearly pitch black except for a tinge of reddish brown,a one finger tan colored head atop.Earth and roast with some green leafy hop notes,not overly complex and on the dryer side.Flavors of roast and bitter unsweetened chocolate and charred fruit with low handed leafy hops in the finish.A lighter hopped ABA in my mind,a decent amount of char and pretty dry,pretty average for the style. (422 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep dark black with just a thin layer of head with pretty good lacing as expected since its old and discounted.
S - Among the roast and chalky malts (reminding be of a porter in a way) their is a solid bit of hops but at this point in the age it's hard to distinguish. I sip.
T - Smooth and malty with a touch of herbal hops. Nothing really sticks out... chocolate? Coffee roast? In a way it just a balanced black ale.
M - Smooth, slick, and creamy with a light to medium body.

Overall for 5 bucks it was a decent ale but nothing really stood out for me. If local for you it's worth picking up but I can think of many american Black ales that have more taste at half the price. (683 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown color, this beer seems black to the eye yet shines brown all the way through rather than just at the edges in the light. The medium brown head doesn't rise higher than half a finger, though it does stay at its height for most of the session and leaves bubbly lace on the glass.
The smell is plenty roasty with a bit of cocoa and more mineral than the flavor, the smoke present but also not as strong as in the flavor.
The taste mimics that of a Schwarzbier more than a porter, maybe a rauch but not quite. It's more mineral and earthy, but I appreciate that the roast and cocoa notes do come through and that the smoke has a persistence in the taste but doesn't build up and adds no harshness whatsoever.
The feel is bright, and this is on the light side of medium if the body does reach medium, and I'm not sure it does. It's got the same mineral aspect I detect as a character in the mouthfeel also. (915 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep, dark molasses colour with glowing red tints in the light. A bubbly tan head and then some blobby lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. It has a faint fruitiness and some tea tree character.

T - Smoke, chocolate and big roasty flavours. Finishes with a strong bitter coffee taste and pepper.

M - Thin to moderate body, decent carbonation and dry in the end.

O - A bit light on hops and heavy on the coffee for my taste, but certainly a decent beer from another exciting NZ craft brewery. (510 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking black color with a large brown foamy head. The lacing was pretty good on this brew as well as the retention on it. The smell of the beer was hoppy and roasted. More along the lines of a porter in my opinion. The taste of the beer had a nice burn flavor to it as well as the hoppy crisp finish. The mouthfeel of it wasn't too bad, rather drinkable with a dry finish. Overall this was a pretty good brew I thought. Looking forward to having more from this brewery. (501 characters)

Photo of bobhits
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours is a black IPA, dark and some nice creamy looking head. It really leaves a lot of lacing. Very nice look.

The aroma is ripe grape fruit and dark chocolate malts with hints of coffee.

A nice mellow black IPA with plenty of citrus hops and plenty of roasted dark malts. I'm digging this.

A bit more bite than expected in 6% beer. Though like a 6% beer it is nice and creamy with good carbonated body.

I really like this. It's over priced due to shipping and the sheltbon brother mark up, but a nice beer I'd want more from these guys if on draft. (557 characters)

Photo of TheDudeImbibes
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Alright folks, finally getting around to posting a review.
Bought a growler of this from warners at the bay bottlo on Monday, finally cracking it on Saturday. Poured into a gouden Carolus chalice.

A: Pours a 1 finger head that settles swiftly to a fine film. Splodges of lacing. Not terrible considering it's been in the growler so long (that's what she said). Black with chocolatey tan edges when held to the light.

S: Burnt toast, roast malt. Might be some hops in there but the toastiness dominates. Smells like a porter.

T: Porter roastiness to begin and then, ah, there's the hops I'm looking for. Could use a bit more in my opinion. Bittersweet finish. Quite dry and kind of refreshing to begin with, but the bitterness is more prominent as it warms. Overall quite a balanced flavour though. Not too bad.

M: Pretty on par for a porter. Maybe a bit thin.

Overall this is better than I was expecting, considering yeastie boys tend to hype up their beers to a ridiculous degree. A decent 'new world porter'. A bit too much for a whole growler maybe, time for some of Headlessclown's home brew to refresh myself. (1,119 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with an off white head and lace. Aroma of roasted malts and floral hop. In the taste, roasted malts and a tea like, piney hop character. Nice earthy character and fair bitterness. The hop bite and acrid smoke are a nice compliment to the finish. Medium bodied, well carbonated black ipa. Overall, this is quite drinkable and enjoyable. Cheers! (368 characters)

Photo of cooler4life
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a monstrous four finger mocha head. Beer is a pitch black color. Lacing and glass retention are great.

S: Slightly acidic, coffee beans, peat, cacao.

T: Slight malt and hops. Balanced with coffee notes and bittersweet chocolate.

M: Crispy clean. Great balance of stickiness and carbonation. For coming all the way from Down Under, it was really pleasant.

O: Average + (381 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle, no date

pours a very dark brown, almost black. ruby colored highlights when held up to the light. thin off-white head, good head retention. smells of slight mild roast and nice earthy hops. pleasant. the taste starts slightly sweet, but finishes more balanced with dank herbal-like hop flavors. none of the roastiness that I picked up the aroma. medium to full bodied, medium level of carbonation, it works.

I have a feeling that the hops may have faded a bit on the journey half-way around the world. but still a nice beer. (541 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Purvis. From notes.

A - Poured a root beer colour with one finger of beige head. Good carbonation with good lace drapes and half a finger of retention.

S - Milk chocolate, roasty, very light hop. I wouldn't expect this to be a black IPA if this was a blind tasting, but it smells pretty nice.

T - Milk chocolate, a little coffee and roastiness with a French Vanilla kinda flavour. Light hop there as well.

M - Medium carbonation, rich silky body and some sweet chocolate in the finish and a light hop bitterness.

O/D - Much closer to a porter of sorts. Hops are very light to nonexistent. As a porter or stout it's great but as a black IPA it's weak. I enjoyed it but it misses the style. (705 characters)

Photo of tsauce2
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass.

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Head is light tan, puffy, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium/light carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Rich dark roasted malt base with chocolate notes, hop presence comes through pronounced yet smooth on the nose.

T: Roasted malt with light touches of chocolate. Hops come through more as a bittering agent but still lend flavor. Slight booziness. Aftertaste is light maltiness.

M: Medium/light body. Contrasting sensations from the malt and hop components give at first a creamy feel that is then cut by mild bitterness of the hops, resulting in a final feel that is very clean and dry. Alcohol emparts another level to the mf.

O: A nice beer. When I read the label, I though I might not like this beer being a hoppy black ale. The flavors go together very nicely and are an excellent balance of malt and hop. I will drink this beer again. (907 characters)

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Pot Kettle Black from Yeastie Boys
84 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.